Is this cult eye cream worth a try? Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream

Saturday 22 January 2022

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream

Finding a good eye cream can be tricky. There's always a discussion - do I need an eye cream or not? I've decided to give a chance to I've decided to give a chance to Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream and see if Lancôme can be helpful for someone who spends the entire day in front of the screen.   and see if Lancôme can be helpful for someone who spends the entire day in front of the screen.   

I know I said it few times that I won't cheat on AHC, but it has happened, I needed an eye cream and I knew that in 2022 we will get Season 10 of AHC Eye Cream - it already got released, and I already ordered it. The main problem between AHC and Lancôme I got are active ingredients. Lancôme formulas are way shorter than AHC and contain less active ingredients. But is less more?  

For some people eye cream is a marketing hoax - who needs a separate moisturizer when you can one moisturizer for everything. You would be surprised that nowadays future estheticians learn that you have to use different moisturizers or serums that fits your skin parts - especially if you have combo skin since you want to balance all areas of your face. I like to have different creams for the eye area because my eyelids like to act and sometimes too thick moisturizer ends up with milia.  

I have to mention that the formula I review in this post is the renewed one - I bought it in late October 2021 and I'm still using the cream since back then. According to the brand, this product is made with 7 prebiotics and probiotics, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin CG aka Ascorbyl Glucoside, I'm pretty sure Vichy - another brand from L'oreal group uses Vitamin CG to market Ascorbyl Glucoside.   

About Lancôme 

I think that Lancôme is a well-known brand, and it's one of these "fancy" brands from L'oreal Group. This brand started in 1935, and you might know it from products such as La vie est belle perfumes. Lancôme is huge if it comes to perfumes, but this brand also sells makeup and skincare. I was surprised to find out that Bae Suzy is a brand ambassador for Lancôme in Asia. The brand tries to change its formulas and packaging to become more responsible and sustainable. 

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream - Packaging 

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream comes in a paper box with a glass jar inside. My main problem with this product is the lack of an applicator. I kinda wish Lancôme would have a better solution, maybe even one like Estee Lauder. Sadly, Advanced Genifique Light Pearl wasn't available at the store, but if it comes to the packaging and application of the product, I would go for Light Pearl.   

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream - Texture & Scent  

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream has a subtle rose scent - I guess it's because it contains Geraniol, the formula is rich, and it's not like a typical cream, but it's something between gel, cream and oil. Still, this formula is working great under makeup.   

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream - Ingredients  

Aqua/​Water, Dimethicone, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Propanediol, Alcohol Denat, Polysilicone-11, Silica, Dimethicone/​PEG-10/​15 Crosspolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Di-C12-13 Alkyl Malate, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Ci 77891/​Titanium Dioxide, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Lactic Acid, Lactobacillus, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Citrate, Adenosine, Faex Extract/​Yeast Extract, Acetic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Chlorphenesin, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Polygonum Fagopyrum Seed Extract/​Buckwheat Seed Extract, Maltodextrin, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Dimethiconol, Limonene, Mannose, Pentylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Linalool, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Caprylyl Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Carbomer, Boron Nitride, Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Geraniol, Bis-PEG/​PPG-16/​16 PEG/​PPG-16/​16 Dimethicone, Ceteareth-20, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Citronellol, Alumina, Parfum/​Fragrance  

Water hides in a cosmetic product under names such as Aqua or Eau. It's a solvent, but it's not your regular drinking water. If we want to use water in skincare products, we need to make sure this water is clean and free from minerals, any microorganisms or other substances. Usually, water makes up the majority of the content of the product. Dimethicone is a dry emollient. Some people might find clogging, but it keeps your skin moist and protect it from dehydration. It has a positive effect on the skin barrier by creating occlusion, and it helps with scars. It can also smooth your skin visually. It's also silicone that's why some people like to talk badly about Dimethicone just because of this fact, but there's no reason to be frightened. It gives your skin an occlusive film, but it doesn't suffocate your skin. We need occlusion to prevent water from TEWL (Transepidermal Water Loss) - to keep the skin moist. It protects your hair from dehydration and weather, and it makes it easier to brush your hair. Bifida Ferment Lysate is a probiotic and a product of the fermentation process. Bifida Ferment Lysate strengthens the skin and its natural microbiome. Bifida ferment lysate can make sensitive skin secure and less susceptible to the negative influence of external factors. This ingredient can help fix the damage caused by UV radiation or fix damaged DNA. Glycerin or Glycerol is a humectant. Its origin can be natural or synthetic - depending on the product. It protects TEWL (transepidermal water loss) and naturally occurs in the skin. It's one of the NMFs - natural moisturizing factors. It's practical in haircare. Glycerin won't clog your skin or irritate it just the opposite - it protects your skin from irritation. Propanediol is also known as natural glycol - an alternative for propylene glycol. Propanediol is a solvent with additional moisturizing properties. It makes the texture of the product smooth in touch, and it can even improve the effectiveness of active ingredients. Alcohol Denat is an immense topic in skincare. Alcohol can be good or bad for your skin, but sometimes the amount makes a poison. Alcohol, after all, is a prominent solvent. It makes active substances penetrate the skin deeper. This effect has its cost - the skin is getting a bit irritated. Some substances can be dissolved only in alcohol. This ingredient has antibacterial properties. It works as a preservative by preventing microorganisms from growth in the product. It has some awful sides too - it can dry your skin, mainly if we use it in large amounts. Sensitive skin is not a fan of this ingredient. Polysilicone-11 is an ingredient that leaves a delicate film on your skin and gives a silky skin look. Silica is a thickener with magical properties for acne-prone and oily skin. It absorbs sebum, but at the same time, it can reflect the light to make your skin look healthy. Dimethicone/​PEG-10/​15 Crosspolymer is an emulsifier just like PEG-10 Dimethicone. Di-C12-13 Alkyl Malate is an emollient. Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate works as a thickener. Ci 77891/​Titanium Dioxide is a white pigment. Ascorbyl Glucoside is a form of Vitamin C. It's an antioxidant and skin-brightening ingredient - it stimulates collagen (type I and III) and elastin production. Ascorbyl Glucoside helps with pigmentation - both PIE & PIH. It's better to use Vitamin C during the morning routine because it boosts the efficiency of sunscreen. Ascorbyl Glucoside is one of the best forms of vitamin C in skincare since it can penetrate the skin deeper. It's good to mix ascorbyl glucoside with niacinamide. Lactic Acid is an AHA - exfoliant, but it also adds moisture to your skin. Lactobacillus Ferment is an ingredient that a few years ago was a cult ingredient. Nowadays, I feel like its popularity decreased after people started to self-diagnose themselves with so-called fungal acne. If you think that your skin problem might be related to Malassezia then instead of self-diagnose, visit a dermatologist. It's a probiotic, ideal for sensitive skin, but it also helps with acne. It makes your skin barrier stronger. Tocopherol is an antioxidant known as Vitamin E. It's an oil-soluble vitamin that fights free radicals, makes UVB protection and natural lipid barrier stronger. It's good to mix it with vitamin C for better effects. Oily skin might react with pore-clogging to vitamin E. It is not true that vitamin E works as a preservative or helps with scars. Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil is an emollient. Sodium Hydroxide helps with the pH of the product. Sodium Benzoate keeps the product fresh. Sodium Hyaluronate is a salt form of a popular Natural Moisturizing Factor - Hyaluronic Acid. Sodium Citrate neutralizes metal ions, but it also adjusts the pH. Adenosine naturally occurs in the skin. One of the adenosine's roles in our bodies is being a neurotransmitter. In skin care, we use adenosine for its anti-wrinkle properties. Adenosine is an anti-inflammatory ingredient. It can boost collagen production, and at the same time, speed up the healing process. Adenosine can have positive effects on reducing redness. In haircare, adenosine can help with hair loss. Faex Extract/​Yeast Extract helps with the moisture of the skin. Acetic Acid helps with the pH. 

Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate or EDDS neutralizes ions in the formula to make your product fresh for a bit longer. Chlorphenesin is a preservative with antibacterial properties. Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice is an unusual ingredient. Yacón grows in countries like Colombia and Argentina. It's a source of carotene, vitamin C and minerals. In cosmetics, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice adds moisture to the skin. Chlorhexidine Digluconate has antimicrobial properties. Maltodextrin is an ingredient that helps with sebum absorption. Chlorella Vulgaris Extract comes from Algae, it's a good moisturizer that helps with wrinkles. Dimethiconol is a light emollient. You can find it in makeup products because it makes your skin look soft and shiny (in a positive way). Limonene is a scent ingredient, and it makes the product smell like lemon or orange. Limonene can enhance penetration of other substances, but at the same time, it can irritate the skin. Mannose is a sugar, so it works as a moisturizer. Pentylene Glycol is a humectant with antimicrobial properties. Synthetic Fluorphlogopite is nothing else than synthetic mica - a thickener. Linalool gives a floral scent to products. It can irritate the skin. Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate is a preservative. Biosaccharide Gum-1 is a product of sorbitol fermentation. It's a polysaccharide - nothing else than sugar, and sugar in skincare usually has moisturizing properties. Biosaccharide Gum-1 has also calming and soothing properties. You might want to use it with hyaluronic acid for longer and stronger hydration. Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride is a combination of coconut oil and glycerin. It's a notable emollient, quite common in skincare. It leaves a protective film on the surface of the epidermis to save your cutis from dehydration. Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride has a significant role in skin care products - it makes the application process effortless. Some people might experience pore-clogging after using Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, but pore-clogging and skin reactions to ingredients are individual. What works for you might not work for someone else. Caprylyl Glycol is a moisturizer and an oily emollient. It leaves a delicate, protective film on your skin. But that's not all, Caprylyl Glycol is useful when you want to keep your product free from unfriendly stuff like microbes. Dipropylene Glycol is a solvent with moisturizing properties. Carbomer is a thickener and stabilizer. You can often see it in gel formulas. Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer is a carbomer's distant family. It works as a stabilizer and thickener. Geraniol makes products smell like geranium. It can be sensitizing. Bis-PEG/​PPG-16/​16 PEG/​PPG-16/​16 Dimethicone is an emollient. Ceteareth-20 is an emulsifier. Potassium Cetyl Phosphate is an oil-in-water emulsifier. It works with neutral pH. It can be used as a surfactant and UV protection booster in sunscreens. Citronellol adds scent to the product. Alumina is an ingredient that you might remember from chemistry lessons. It has various positive effects on products like absorbing the sebum or helping with pigments. Fragrance (Parfum) is a scent composition. It can cause allergic reactions.   

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream

How does Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream work?  

It wasn't an easy choice to buy Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream, because at first, I didn't even think about it. I always buy AHC creams, but I wanted to try something different. I thought about getting Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex, but the seller at Sephora recommended me Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream. The other reason why I get it was -25% off on regular price since Sephora had a Lancôme event - I got few samples to my purchase, but I know Lancôme scents and mascaras well. I kinda hate La Vie Est Belle since it's the most common scent - you can smell it everywhere. I tried Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream at the store first, because lately, Lancôme has changed the formula. I didn't check the active ingredients because eye creams in Europe are way different than the ones I tried from Korean brands - I feel like formulas in Europe are less complex - they do not target a few problems, but they focus on one problem. Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream doesn't contain peptides, but prebiotics and probiotics. It also has vitamin C so it should help with puffy eyes. My eyes might not be puffy but I'm not a teen anymore and I should get more sleep but it's a bit impossible, so a good moisturizer is key. Since this formula is more moisturizing it was recommended for me because apparently, the lady at Sephora thought I'm younger than my real age and since I work in front of the computer I need more moisture and de-puffiness. Eye creams for me are tricky - my eyes are sensitive, I wear lenses and I'm a driver so if an eye cream causes me an allergic reaction then I'm sure no driving for me for a few days and blindness. I'm pretty sure the scent in the product comes from roses if it comes to ingredients - geraniol. Lancôme is popular for the use of roses. The jar is tiny - Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream contains only 15ml of the formula. I've been using it since October and it's almost February, still, I got about half of the jar. I use it twice a day. A tiny amount is enough to apply around the eyes and massage them. This formula screams "do massage on me" since the texture is rich and moisturizing. I wish Lancôme would add a nice spatula to Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream like Sulwhasoo did with Timetreasure Invigorating Eye Serum or Bloomstay Vitalizing Eye Cream (I think to get this one, I still hope Sulwhasoo will finally arrive in Europe - I've heard there's a Sulwhasoo store in Paris but at European Sephoras you won't find Sulwhasoo). I'm really surprised with Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream because the formula works great with my eyes, I love to massage my eyes on this cream, but I do not see any difference in wrinkles. It's a good cream for people in their 20s or easy 30s, my mom literally wanted to use this cream just because of its price and how it doesn't sensitize your eyes and it means a lot for both of us, but if you expect any spectacular effects I would recommend using it with other eye serum under this cream or use this cream only for eye massages and use other product with peptides under. A good thing about this one - it can help with puffiness and tiredness of the eyes. I kinda understand why Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream is popular even if it's not the strongest cream to fight wrinkles.   

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream

Where to get Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream and how much does it cost?  

A 15ml of Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream costs $67 at Sephora US. It's a huge price, but I bought my jar with -25% off. In regular price in Europe, this cream costs about $50-$60. At French Sephora the price is around €52. I bought it on sale for about $44.   

Overall, Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Wrinkle & Dark Circle Eye Cream is an interesting cream and great moisturizer if you plan to massage your eyes, but don't expect miracles - if you have advanced wrinkles, I would recommend stick to other formulas from Lancôme or other brands.   

Have you ever tried Lancôme eye cream before? What eye cream do you use?



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